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8:12 am
Fri December 13, 2013

State Representative Tim Moffitt vs ....

The 2014 General Election is nearly eleven months away but one race for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly is already taking shape.  David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter  Jon Ostendorf about the campaign to represent House District 116 and what could prove to be a very expensive race.

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2:44 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Apodaca touts NC legislature’s busy year

Apodaca, a key player in advancing much of the recent major legislation passed by the General Assembly’s Republican majority, told the local business group that 2013 was a year of big achievements.
Credit Jon Elliston / Carolina Public Press

Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca, chairman of the state Senate’s powerful Rules and Operations Committee, touted the General Assembly’s flood of new legislation in a meeting last week with the Asheville-based Council of Independent Business Owners.

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4:42 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

NC Congressional Delegation May Lose Clout

NC Congressman Howard Coble

The  recent announcement by Representative Howard Coble that he won't seek re-election may have an impact on the clout of the North Carolina delegation to Congress.  It may also serve to enhance the influence of 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about Coble's decision.

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12:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WNC Counties Sit Out Crime Index

Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston

Crime statistics have been compiled by North Carolina counties since 1973, but not by all counties. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the the numbers and the Crime Index.

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10:24 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Manheimer Elected Asheville Mayor

Esther Manheimer

Attorney Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville.  Manheimer was any easy winner over her challenger, former city employee John Miall.   The polls had only been closed a little over an hour when it became clear that the current Vice Mayor would win by a comfortable  margin.  Unofficial results show she captured over 68% of the vote. 

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11:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Day is Upon US

It’s election day across the US, and that includes municipalities and cities in Western North Carolina.

In Asheville, two candidates are running for mayor: Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city employee John Miall.

There are also five candidates vying for the city’s three city council seats-- Cecil Bothwell, Mike Lanning, Gordon Smith, Jonathan Wainscott and Gwen Wisler.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for voters in Asheville and Buncombe County’s other incorporated municipalities.

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8:13 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Poverty Forum Confronts Domestic Violence

Kim Gandy President of the National Network To End Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This week the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was in Western North Carolina.  Kim Gandy was the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Poverty Forum sponsored by Pisgah Legal Services.   Before her address,  Trapped by Poverty, Trapped By Abuse, Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence, she spoke with David Hurand

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4:29 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

NC Supreme Court Justice Asked to Recuse Himself

NC Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby

Earlier this month,  plaintiffs challenging North Carolina's 2011 Congressional redistricting plan filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby (new-bee) to recuse himself from the case.  David Hurand spoke with Sue Sturgis, editorial director for Facing South, a publication of the Institute for Southern Studies about the latest round in the battle over political boundaries.

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2:35 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

NC Lawmakers Split on Bill to Reopen and Avoid Default

11th District Congressman Mark Meadows

Seven members of the North Carolina U.S. House Delegation voted to fund the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, six voted no, including  Republican Mark Meadows of the 11th Congressional District.  Rep. Meadows was the author of a letter that was signed by 79 of his Republican colleagues that urged House leaders to support the shutdown as part of a strategy to deny funding of the Affordable Care Act.  David Hurand has more.....

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2:51 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Quiet at the Climatic Data Center

NCDC essential employee sits in empty cafeteria.

While Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to reopen the federal  government, it was another unusually quiet day today at the world's largest active archive of weather data.  The partial shutdown of the federal government,  which  began the first of October, has left  the  National Climatic Data Center in Asheville  with a skeleton crew.     David Hurand stopped by the Federal Building along Patton Avenue to visit with  an essential employee at the Center. 

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